For many individuals, Saturdays mark a break from the normal work week and a time to hang out with family or friends. A new investigative study now has distinguished Saturday not as a day of fun and relaxation, but the deadliest day on the road for South Carolina drivers.
According to a recent study, U.S. drivers get in more accidents on Saturdays than any other day of the week. The study analyzed data from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System. In 2016, over 6,800 car accident fatalities occurred on Saturdays compared to 5,800 on Fridays, the second deadliest travel day. Researchers believe the high incident of accidents on Fridays and Saturdays may be related to the greater sense of freedom drivers feel knowing they do not need to go to work the next day. This idea of personal freedom may increase the recklessness in some drivers. Additionally, the weekends historically have higher rates of drunk driving accidents.
Time of Day Also a Factor
Certain times of the day also pose more significant risks for being involved in a fatal wreck. Car accidents that take place in the late afternoon turning into evening are the deadliest, with the time periods between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. having the most fatal accidents. With a higher number of cars on the road during these after work rush hours, there is a higher likelihood of a crash. Interestingly the morning rush hour between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. had the lowest number of fatal crashes at 3,345 annually. For two specific time periods (1 a.m. to 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.), the study lists South Carolina as having the most deaths in the nation per capita. Many of these accidents are likely the result of drowsy driving.
South Carolina drivers are especially at risk for a deadly car crash on Saturdays having the third worst fatality rate in the country. The state ranks second deadliest with respect to automobile fatalities taking place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. South Carolina also ranks within the top five for deadliest accidents on Tuesdays and Sundays. Another Southern state, Mississippi, had the most highway fatalities per capita on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, making it the most deadly state overall for fatal car accidents.
The state continues its effort to reduce the number of fatal automobile accidents. Although eight fatalities occurred over this year’s Memorial Day weekend, this was reduction from last year’s 13 auto-related deaths for the same weekend. The South Carolina highway fatality count for May 2018 also reflects a reduction from 429 in 2017 to 387 in 2018.
Knowing when you are a greater risk for highway accidents can be an important preventative step in protecting yourself from injury. While the recent study focused on car accident fatalities, many South Carolina drivers suffer life changing but non-fatal injuries in automobile collisions including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones or internal bleeding. In order to avoid being a statistic, South Carolina drivers should avoid distracted driving and other risky behaviors, especially during these high-risk days and time periods.
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